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Children of the Revolution: An Inspector Banks Novel | [Peter Robinson]

Children of the Revolution: An Inspector Banks Novel

The body of a disgraced college lecturer is found on an abandoned railway line. In the four years since his dismissal for sexual misconduct, he’d been living like a hermit. So where did he get the 5,000 pounds found in his pocket? Leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks begins to suspect that the victim's past may be connected to his death. Forty years ago the dead man attended a university that was a hotbed of militant protest and divisive, bitter politics. And as the seasoned detective well knows, some grudges are never forgotten - or forgiven.
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Publisher's Summary

Multiple award-winning, New York Times and number-one internationally best-selling author Peter Robinson returns with Children of the Revolution, a superb tale of mystery and murder that takes acclaimed British Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks back to the early 1970s - a turbulent time of politics, change, and radical student activism.

The body of a disgraced college lecturer is found on an abandoned railway line. In the four years since his dismissal for sexual misconduct, he’d been living like a hermit. So where did he get the 5,000 pounds found in his pocket?

Leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks begins to suspect that the victim's past may be connected to his death. Forty years ago the dead man attended a university that was a hotbed of militant protest and divisive, bitter politics. And as the seasoned detective well knows, some grudges are never forgotten - or forgiven.

Just as he’s about to break the case open, his superior warns him to back off. Yet Banks isn’t about to stop, even if it means risking his career. He's certain there’s more to the mystery than meets the eye...and more skeletons to uncover before the case can finally be closed.

©2014 Eastvale Enterprises, Inc. (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Robert Waynesville, NC, United States 04-25-14
    Robert Waynesville, NC, United States 04-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Finally, another Banks novel + Simon Prebble"
    What made the experience of listening to Children of the Revolution the most enjoyable?

    It was narrated by Simon Prebble. I think I'd listen to Prebble read his grocery list.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It revealed how much the "influential" people in society can effect police investigations. Not a subject that everyone is pleased to see appear in print.Actually what I really liked best was that is was read by Simon Prebble and it was the next Inspector Banks novel in the series. I've read or even better, when given the chance, listened to them all. Listening to them is much better than reading them.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Every word. Simon Prebble is on my A list of narrators and if it wasn't for George Guidall, he would be #1


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't listen to police procedural novels to be moved. Just the opposite. I listen to them to be entertained and the Inspector Banks series is one of the few being published.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the reviews I read (on Amazon) were not very kind. And they were from fans of the Inspector Banks series. Comments like - "Dragged on...I've always enjoyed Peter Robinson's books but this is not one of his best." and "Having read all of the Inspector Banks books, I found this one to be dreary and dull..." Don't believe it. IMHO, no better nor worse than all the others, although Prebble's narration makes it better than those narrated by James Langton.If one looks at all the reviews of all of the Banks series novels words like "not his best" "dull" "slow moving" appear quite often. After all those comments, readers continue to read and listen. Peter Robinson didn't become #1 internationally bestselling author by writing dull and slow moving novels (22 by latest count).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul L. 05-06-14
    Paul L. 05-06-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Boring"
    What disappointed you about Children of the Revolution?

    After listening to Michael Page narrate an Ian Rankin, novel, I just could not stand listening to Simon Prebble. Its a real chore to listen to it any more. I should just have bought the book.


    Would you recommend Children of the Revolution to your friends? Why or why not?

    NO way.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Prebble?

    I have not idea.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer United States 07-17-14
    Kindle Customer United States 07-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting story, but Really..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes and No, the story was interesting, but Banks was mixture of contradictions. Here is a character that is supposed to have a chip on his shoulder in regards to the rich, but in this story he did not act as expected. In the end, his whole behavior for the last 50 minutes of the book was ridiculous. Why would he act like he did after what happened to him, was not realistic.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The hidden story that the suspects were trying to hide.


    What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has definitely improved with each story, I finally think I can get back into this stories.


    Did Children of the Revolution inspire you to do anything?

    No, not really.


    Any additional comments?

    This author fills the pages with too much conversation between characters, and sometimes it can be a little slow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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